Mayor Daley will acknowledge tonight that his administration "totally screwed up" the transition to private control of the city's 36,000 parking meters and that some Chicagoans believe he has "put too much time into" the quest for Olympic gold.
With a $520 million shortfall that can only be filled by tax increases and spending cuts, three nights of public hearings on Daley's preliminary 2010 budget are expected to turn into giant gripe sessions before City Hall lowers the boom.
Congressional hearings on President Obama's health care plan are likely to look tame by comparison.
Nothing like an apology on parking meters to take the edge off the anger.
We'd like to point out to Fran that nowhere in this article, which gives a synopsis of Shortshanks' prepared speech, is there an apology. Nowhere. "[I/We] totally screwed up" is a lot different than "I'm sorry. I was wrong. I shouldn't have done it." and then making it right. Perhaps there's a real "I'm sorry" somewhere in the speech that Shortshanks is giving tonight, but we doubt it.
Now, Shortshanks. What about apologizing for jerking us around in contract negotiations, hiring J-Fed, appointing all the CPD exempts, jonesing for the Olympics, Hired Trucks, Meigs Field, Millennium Park, the Chicago Public Schools, the Monroe Street parking garage, unpaid furlough days for city employees...ad nauseum.
...too late. "Apology is only egotism wrong side out."